I've read several online posts from insiders who think by season's end Anthony Bennett will make a strong case for the #1 overall pick. I like Bennett in the top 5, but I think #1 overall is a stretch. I think I'd roll the dice on Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Muhammad at that spot before Bennett, any thoughts?????
After watching UNLV a few times, I really think he's about 6'6''. I think when he measures out he won't be considered at #1 anymore. It's easy to make the Larry Johnson comparisons, but the NBA is a lot different than it was in 1992, and I have serious doubts as to whether a PF under 6'8'' would be taken with the first overall pick.
That being said, I like Bennett, but I think he ceiling is closer to #3 with #10 as his floor.
Anthony Bennett is 6'7" tall with a 7'1" wingspan.
Listed heights aren't always right. I bet he's 6'7'' in shoes, and 6'6'' or 6'5.75'' barefoot. He doesn't pass the eye test, standing next to 6'8'' players.
I agree with that assessment, aside from Charles Barkley 6'6'' power forwards really struggle. He would need to be more an Anthony Mason-type to make an impact, I fear he might be more like Marcus Fizer.
Nothing would surprise me in this draft, which is extremely void of top tier talent. I would go McLemore but a prospect of his caliber should go somewhere around the 5th to 10th pick in a good draft. Where would McLemore go next year with Wiggins, Parker, Randle, Vonleh, etc.? Where would he go in last years draft? Would he have been selected before Terrence Ross? I would have taken Ross 3rd so that's a no for me.
A poster a while ago posted asking the question, what draft is more exciting, a really good draft, or a bad one with not a lot of top talent? I am hoping this draft is extremely exciting because there is no clear #1, or 2, or 3.
He is 6'7 in shoes he was measured at nike hoop summit when he was 18. and had a 7'1 wingspan at the time.
Doesn't matter if he's an inch or two short, his wingspan allows him to play much bigger. I don't really care who goes from picks 1-5, theirs no desperation of talent like last year, where Anthony Davis was in his own level, followed by star potential players like Beal and MKG, and then good players like TRob
The problem with Bennett going #1 is that I don't think none of the bad teams at the top are really in need of a player with his skill set. I think on talent alone he has the chance to go one and I'm not really worried about his lack of height because he's long and strong with a very sturdy base so he actually has an advantage over taller and skinnier guys. He's a bruiser. With that said WCS could even get looks for the first pick.
I don't see him going top 5. He's a good prospect, but I've heard and read in multiple interviews that he sees himself as a 3 in future. As a 3 I think his upside is considerably lesser. I think he'd be making a Derrick Williams/ Beasley-like mistake.
I think he should play PF too, he longer and stronger then D Will and Beasley, and is probably a better rebounder, althought Beasley was a dominant rebounder until he got drafted.
He won't be able to stay on the floor if he tries to play SF because I don't think he's going to be able to guard that position.
what do you mean by 1992? i hope it's not like today you have to be 7foot to be seven footer? LOL
people usually overrates today's NBA while comparing to 90's i mean look at this, there is no way Dwight would be top3 center pretty hardly top5 actually..
today 230pound Sanders, Noah looks like beasts fighting under the basket..6'9 230 Josh Smith in easily an allstar this year, even G-Wallace made allstar game couple year ago while playing PF..
Bennet has game(range,agressiveness,handles athleticism, even length still) he is very young but pretty much full package already, i don't see problems seeing him as a very very good NBA player..
as far as #1 i still have clear cut leader - Shabazz Muhammed
Yeah I didn't understand what he meant by that either because it not being 1992 is a huge benefit to Bennett. He;s coming into the league at a perfect time for his size and skill set.
Players 20 years ago were drafted more off production in college and it had less to do with measurements and potential. If you were a productive college player as a 6'6" power forward, you'd have a much better chance going 1, than you would today.
I think he is the best pro in this draft. Shabazz is a good scorer, but I honestly don't see him being anything more than that. I would still take him top 3, but McLemore is similar to him, and the likes of Noel, Zeller, Len, WCS all seem like toss ups as flawed big men. This is a skilled big man who is going to have a real life post up game. I think he will be a very very good pro.
His apparent 7'1" wingspan nullifies his undersized height and it grants him the ability to play couple inches taller, which makes him to really be around 6'8" or 6'9". Which is good length for a power forward. Millsap, Blair, Randolph, Jamison, Glen Davis, Brand, Reggie Evans, Faried, Scola and i could go on and on all played with great heart and determination. Bennett has that same drive, he'll rebound at the next level for sure. Whether or not he goes number one is difficult to gauge at this point, it appears we're in for a new #1 every week.
strongly resembles the college version of Carmelo. Hes no where as smooth with his mechanics and is a lesser ball handler but the way he scores is eerily similar. I always thought he wanted to be a 3 too just by looking at his preferred attack style. Saying that carmelo is very effective as a 4.
Im not sure hes number 1 pick but anywhere from 3 seems fine too me. Hes clearly gonna be able to score and should be able to rebound at a solid rate.
A bigtime tourney run is the best shot he has. Plus Shabazz and Ben.M are generating so much buzz as well as playing a more widely televised schedule Im not sure if he can keep up with there exposure